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West Plains District Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent

at Kansas State University in Garden City, Kansas, United States

Job Description



West Plains District Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent

Department: 3670035300 Ext Agents - Western Region
Job no: 517063
Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator
Location: Garden City, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Extension Agent / Educator, Animal Sciences / Livestock, Crop Production, Agronomy
Pay Grade: 001


About This Role:
West Plains Extension District consists of Finney and Scott counties in southwest Kansas. The district has a combined population of 42,000. The extension offices are in Garden City and Scott City and employ five extension agents and two office professionals.

Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are jointly responsible to the director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.

This position will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based educational programming related to agriculture and natural resources. Programming may include but is not limited to: agronomy; livestock production; agricultural economics, management, and public policy; horticultural production and management; and natural resources conservation and environmental stewardship.

The district is a diverse agricultural community that raises wheat, corn, and milo, with cow/calf, dairy and feed yard operations.

West Plains is a progressive district with exciting opportunities for growth. Join us in this incredible journey with communities who support our mission.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Location and Worksite Options:
Offices in Garden City and Scott City, KS; primary office in Garden City.

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Duties/ Responsibilities:
Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are jointly responsible to the director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based educational programming related to agriculture and natural resources. Programming may include but is not limited to: agronomy; livestock production; agricultural economics, management, and public policy; horticultural production and management; and natural resources conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Share responsibility for 4-H youth development programming related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Share responsibility for community vitality programming that helps our communities become better places to live, work, and play. Programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development and civic engagement.
  • Successful extension programs require agents to:
    • Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension's five Grand Challenges (water and natural resources; community vitality; health; developing tomorrow's leaders; and global food systems) by engaging with program development committees and other community organizations and professionals.
    • Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. Strategies might include educational programming in a community-based setting; events and activities that provide experiential learning opportunities; use of innovative technologies; individual educational consultations; and group facilitation.
    • Collaborate with local partners to meet community and programming needs.
    • Develop and implement strategies to serve diverse audiences and to ensure K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational programming.
    • Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
    • Cultivate expertise in a subject matter competency area by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team.
  • Pursue internal and external funding to support educational programming.
  • Serve as a member of the West Plains District team, cooperating in the planning and delivery of district-wide programming and related events.


What You'll Need to Succeed:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Academic coursework, professional development, or prior employment related to the position responsibilities.
  • Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance, as documented by college transcripts or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups, and through mass media.
  • Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences; an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds; and a commitment to supporting and enhancing K-State's initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include some nights, weekends, and overnight travel.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Competence using electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision while balancing multiple projects.
  • Understanding of educational program design, promotion, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment, support, and management.
  • Skills in group facilitation.
  • Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
  • Experience seeking and administering external grant funding.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both English and Spanish-speaking learners.


Other Requirements:

  • Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.


Salary, Benefits, and Professional Development:

  • Salary commensurate with professional experience and available funding, as negotiated by the regional extension director, the local extension board, and the applicant. The base starting salary is $45,000 for a bachelor's degree with no professional experience and $49,000 for a master's degree with no professional experience.
  • Extension agents are Kansas State University educators and have the Board of Regents retirement plan; vacation and sick leave; and eligibility for health and life insurance. For a complete list of benefits see: www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits.
  • Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
  • New agents will be provided with comprehensive Early Career Professional Development training throughout their onboarding period. This series will include virtual and in-person training and networking opportunities.
  • Tuition assistance is available to full-time employees and their spouse/dependents.


How to Apply:
Please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter (detailing experiences related to responsibilities and qualifications).
  • Resume.
  • Contact information and email addresses for three professional references (include on application).
  • Copy of academic transcripts showing...
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Job Posting: 12889067

Posted On: Apr 01, 2024

Updated On: Apr 25, 2024

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